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and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours
the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter: but time is clearly running out for congress. st. mary's college political professor steven wol fert says the senate needs to introduce something today or they will likely not make the deadline. >> the deadline is so short and the amount of time necessary to go through the procedural steps to approve legislation are so numerous that they are right up against the very limit
a lot of cheer out of washington with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of $7.5 billion in cuts. >> most of the cuts would be in health care, welfare programs for the poor, housing. >> across the bay alameda could bety supervisor predicted. >> our wic program which is a program for mothers to get nutrition for their newborn babies, that would experience a large cut. >> education would also take a hit. >> this would undo a lot of the good of the extra taxes carolinianstns are willing to invest. particularly special needs would have cuts as much as 10 10%. also, the meals program. >> it is not just the immediate cuts that worries the local officials. it is also the on going uncertainty that comes from the stalemate in washington, a stalemate that bay area officials fear could affect the economy just when it is starting to recover. >> we are looking guard to a better economy. this would ruin all the progress that has been made. >> it is a signal that we can't get together. that is probably the worst decisions in the future. >> the fear is the uncertainty will go on, even if there i
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